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18th Street Arts Center Reopening Information (Updated June 15, 2021)
With the new LA County reopening protocols, 18th Street Arts Center will now welcome walk-in visitors to view exhibitions at our Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica). Though we still encourage you to make an appointment for ease and convenience, it is no long required.
The Airport Campus galleries are open
Monday-Friday from 11 AM - 5 PM, and Saturday hours from 12-5 PM will begin on July 31.
Olympic Campus (1639 18th Street) hours are Monday-Friday from 11 AM - 5 PM.

Make an appointment here - just select the exhibition you are interested in.

Please note that all visitors to 18SAC's campus must still wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in order to protect members of our artist community that live and work in the space. Please stay home if you are not feeling well.

To explore our current and recent exhibitions online, please visit https://18thstreet.org/exhibitions/ to view 360 virtual tours, recorded virtual talks, images, and catalogue essays. We also have a full schedule of virtual programs, including art workshops, artist talks, and conversations. Register or learn more at: https://18thstreet.org/events-calendar/

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018-2019, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public to foster radical imagination, empathy, and positive social change.

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Institute of United Minds, a manifesto driven project, 2022. Photo courtesy of Melinda Smith Altshuler. "The world is not comprehensible but is embraceable through the embracing of one of it’s beings" -Martin Buber The goals we set through the Institute of United Minds are to explore different embraces of the mind and how we can or cannot survive life’s experience and life itself.

Collective Acts of Peace / Actos colectivos de paz

March 14, 2022 - June 4, 2022

Artists in residence at 18th Street Arts Center are pleased to present Collective Acts of Peace, a selection of 18th Street projects with the aim of exploring different embraces of the creative mind in the midst of an endless global pandemic. Featuring the work of Alexandra Dillon, Ameeta Nanji, Crystal Michaelson, Daniela Schweitzer, David McDonald,  Debra Disman, Doni Silver Simons, Joan Abrahamson, Joan Wulf,  Julia Michelle Dawson, Labkhand Olfatmanesh, Lola del Fresno, M Susan Broussard, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Rebecca Youssef,…

Lucia Monge, Plantón móvil, 2010-ongoing. Plants, megaphones, Plantón Móvil book, and video documentation of the project. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Radical Propagations/ Propagaciones Radicales

March 21, 2022 - July 30, 2022

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present the exhibition Radical Propagations/ Propagaciones Radicales curated by artist and researcher Maru García, and featuring the work of Alberto Tlatoa, Lucía Monge, Rashonda Bartney, Rebecca Youssef, and Yrneh Gabon, on view in the Propeller Gallery at 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave. in Santa Monica) from March 21 - July 30, 2022. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 12-5pm. Masks are required at all times. Walk ins are welcome,…

Deep Listening®

May 21, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, repeating until May 20, 2022

One event on May 21, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Deep Listening® Organized by Dani Lunn Part of WE RISE 2022 Wednesday, May 18th-Friday, May 20th | 12 pm - 1 pm Saturday, May 21st | 2-3:30 pm Electric Lodge 1416 Electric Ave, Venice Deep Listening® workshops are for healthcare workers in partnership with Community Clinics Association of LA County and sponsored by the Center for Deep Listening. Dani Lunn will facilitate Deep Listening® workshops pioneered by Pauline Oliveros, offering an experiential and interactive journey into the healing power of…

Spring Open House & Studios

May 21, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Spring Open House & Studios Saturday, May 21 |  5-8 pm 18th Street Arts Center (Airport Campus) 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica CA 90405 Join artists in residence at our Airport Campus for an in-person Open House. Get a peek inside the studios of artists Julia Michelle Dawson, Crystal Michaelson, Claudia Concha, Alexandra Dillon, Daniela Schweitzer, Ameeta Nanji, Pamela Simon-Jensen, Susie McKay Kriesser, M Susan Broussard, Joan Wulf, Maddy LeMel, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Paula Rosen, Gwen Samuels, Elham Sagharchi, Rebecca…

Mining Peace in a Troubled World

May 22, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mining Peace in a Troubled World Institute of United Minds, Salon #1 Part of Collective Acts of Peace Sunday, May 22 |  3 pm-5 pm Online: Zoom A. Moret, editor-in-chief of Installation Media Magazine, an international online arts publication, will be the moderator for this conversation. Panelists include artists Debra Disman, David McDonald, and Labkhand Olfatmanesh, all artists in residence who have artworks in the exhibition Collective Acts of Peace, on view at 18th Street Arts Center's Slipstream Galleries. For…

Unfiltered: Cyberyouth Manifesto

May 22, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Unfiltered: Cyberyouth Manifesto Organized by The Revolution School, Mandy Harris Williams, and the Feminist Center for Creative Work Part of WE RISE 2022 Sunday May 22 |  3-5 pm PT Online <Hello-world/> you’re invited to Unfiltered: Cyberyouth Manifesto, a virtual cyber-revolution workshop hosted by The Revolution School and Feminist Center for Creative Work. Login to co-craft tools that liberate our relationships with digital landscapes, algorithms, and surveillance, meet an influencer and co-write a manifesto of your dream social media platform!…

Plant Propagation + Watering w/ artist Maru García

May 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until July 26, 2022

Plant Propagation + Watering w/ artist Maru García Tuesdays |  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Ongoing from March 22 to July 26, 2022 Part of Radical Propagations/ Propagaciones Radicales 18th Street Arts Center | Propeller Gallery 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica Join artist Maru García every Tuesday at noon for conversation and maintenance of the exhibition Radical Propagations/ Propagaciones Radicales at 18th Street Arts Center’s Propeller Gallery, Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA). This exhibition includes the work…

Belonging, Bought and Sold

May 25, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Belonging, Bought and Sold A roundtable discussion with Theresa Hyuna Hwang, Jeremy Liu, Carol Zou, and Dan S. Wang Part of WE RISE 2022 Wednesday May 25th |  4 pm PT Online Join us for a conversation on the bilingual publication “Belonging, Bought and Sold,” a critical essay about Asian American identity and the gentrification of historical ethnic enclaves, written by artist and organizer Carol Zou. This roundtable discussion will include the perspectives of Theresa Hyuna Hwang, Jeremy Liu, Dan…

Creative Roundtable: Angela Washko

May 26, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Creative Roundtable: Angela Washko Thursday May 26, 2022 | 12-1 PM Online: Zoom Meet and greet Angela Washko in this Creative Roundtable. This virtual program is for artists in residence at 18th Street Arts Center and for Borderless members on the Arts Professional tier and above.   Artists in residence at 18th Street Arts Center, get the Zoom link in the Artist Portal. Borderless members, get the Zoom link on Patreon or on the Borderless membership portal. ABOUT ANGELA WASHKO…

Create to Destress, a workshop to ease stress

May 27, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, repeating until May 27, 2022

Create to Destress, a workshop to ease stress Organized by Carmela Morales Part of WE RISE 2022 Fridays in May (May 6, 13, 20, and 27) | 5-7 pm Virginia Avenue Park 2200 Virginia Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404 Create personalized embroidered canvas bags as a way to destress while learning about other ways you can help your mental wellbeing. Artist Carmela Morales will provide a workshop on Fridays during the month of May from 5-7pm in Virginia Avenue Park.…

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